Title

Guns and Crime: an Analysis of the Effects of Firearms Associated with Criminal Activity

Presenter Information

Drew Heber
Micah Darnall

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 202

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

This project analyzes the relationship between gun violence, availability of firearms to criminals, and the types of guns used by criminals. Between 1980 and 1992 a study was done on gun crime by Christopher S. Koper in Houston, Texas. This study collected data on the type of firearms that were confiscated by the police force, and compared it to the number and type of crimes that were committed. We analyzed study data collected from Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) using IBM’s SPSS Statistics Data Editor, EViews (time series analysis), and Microsoft Excel. We are answering some of the crucial questions that have been circulating in the political world about what effects high-powered weapons in the hands of criminals have on public health. Looking at the types and calibers of weapons that were available to criminals in certain time periods and comparing that to the crimes that were committed, we identify the factors contributing to an increase or decrease in gun violence.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dominic Klyve

Additional Mentoring Department

Actuarial Science

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Guns and Crime: an Analysis of the Effects of Firearms Associated with Criminal Activity

SURC 202

This project analyzes the relationship between gun violence, availability of firearms to criminals, and the types of guns used by criminals. Between 1980 and 1992 a study was done on gun crime by Christopher S. Koper in Houston, Texas. This study collected data on the type of firearms that were confiscated by the police force, and compared it to the number and type of crimes that were committed. We analyzed study data collected from Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) using IBM’s SPSS Statistics Data Editor, EViews (time series analysis), and Microsoft Excel. We are answering some of the crucial questions that have been circulating in the political world about what effects high-powered weapons in the hands of criminals have on public health. Looking at the types and calibers of weapons that were available to criminals in certain time periods and comparing that to the crimes that were committed, we identify the factors contributing to an increase or decrease in gun violence.